About us

Get to know us a little better

Nuthatch, Andrew Bradshaw 

Our vision is landscapes rich in wildlife, valued by everyone.
Jo Smith, CEO
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We want to help nature to recover from the decline that for decades has been the staple diet of scientific studies and news stories.

We believe passionately that wildlife and natural processes need to have space to thrive, beyond designated nature reserves and other protected sites. To achieve this it is vital that the richest wildlife sites are protected and sustained as a starting point from which nature can spread back into our wider landscapes. Despite being land locked Derbyshire Wildlife Trust must also protect marine areas for a future when our marine wildlife can thrive more widely. 

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Society needs this as much as our wildlife does. A healthy natural environment is the foundation for everything that is of value to people – food, water, shelter, flood prevention, health, happiness and creative inspiration. It’s the source of our prosperity and our wellbeing. We want to inspire people about the natural world so that they value it, understand their relationship with it and take action to protect and restore it.

We are currently working on over 170 conservation and wellbeing projects, restoring species, habitats and bringing people from all walks of life closer to nature. With a turnover of more than £1.7 million we are in a position to inspire people to act for Derbyshire's wildlife and hold over 350 events each year to introduce people to Derbyshire's natural heritage.

Alongside this we are working for wildlife across six focused areas which we call Living Landscapes. Within these Living Landscapes sit 46 nature reserves which we manage with the help of 650 volunteers. 

We're pretty visionary!

Our vision

Chrome Hill from Parkhouse Hill, Stephen Connolly

How well are we doing?

Our impact

Cotton grass, David Fryer-Winder

We're all very friendly!

Our people

Preistcliffe Lees in Derbyshire's Wye Valley, Kaite Helps

What's happening?

With hundreds of events, thousands of species, tens of thousands of pounds worth of grants and countless ideas on how you can help Derbyshire's wildlife, you could get a little lost! So let us be your guide and tell you what is hot right now! 

Let's get down to business...

As a charity we are visionary and inspiring but we also need to be effective and have integrity. Let us tell you a little bit more about our finances, fundraising standards and our history. 

Where does the money go?

Our finances

Conkers, Alan Price, Gatehouse Studios 

We are transparent

Our fundraising

Wild flower meadow, Scott Jarvis

There's a lot to talk about!

Our history

Autumn stream, Steve Waterhouse 

The Wildlife Trusts believe that people are part of nature; everything we value ultimately comes from it and everything we do impacts upon it.

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